UPDF kills 5 ADF rebels, recover 4 guns

UPDF officers display the recovered guns and other equipment from the ADF rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo | Courtesy

What you need to know:

  • Rebel attacks in the area resumed recently after several weeks of calmness.

At least five suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels have been killed, and four sub-machine gun rifles with several rounds of ammunition recovered in areas of Katanga in Ituri province.

Other devices recovered include improvised explosive devices and communication equipment.

Col Deo Akiiki, the deputy spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs confirmed the news, congratulating the soldiers for the successful mission.

“Congratulations to Maj General Dick Olum the overall Commander Operation Shujja and your commanders of five battalions for the good work,” he said.

Rebel attacks in the area resumed recently after several weeks of calmness.

This followed the December 2022 operation where 17 suspected ADF rebels were killed and 13 others captured when they raided villages in Ntoroko District in western Uganda.

In November 2021, Uganda and DR Congo signed a Memorandum of Understanding to conduct a joint military operation named Operation Shujaa against the ADF in the eastern part of the country following escalated attacks in both countries.

The Minister of State for Defence and Veteran Affairs, Mr Jacob Oboth Oboth in January 2023 told parliament that in the year 2022, 424 ADF terrorists were killed, 81 others were captured, 115 abductees were rescued and 118 firearms with assorted ammunition and 10 IEDs (Improvised explosive devices) were recovered.